Monday, April 17, 2006

More Lies

This past week the media seemed to focus on Molly, the kitten stuck in the wall and the 2 children mauled/killed by mountain lion and bear, respectively. While the retired generals who are calling for Rumsfeld's dismissal for not paying attention to their concerns and needs on the front line in Iraq received some play in the media, the lies that brought us into Iraq, that made the USA an aggressor nation did not.
I got excited over some reports about the young girls who faked her kidnapping, and a report on the amount of lying for attention--the runaway bride, the faked sextuplets, the fake cancer--but the media did not go far enough:
What about the lies and the faked evidence that took us into a war? What of the lies of the President, the Vice President and the Secretaries of State--Powell & Rice and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld?
And, then there is the new White House Chief of Staff who wants to replace Sec. of the Treasury Snow with someone who would deliver the administrations message that the economy is better, better. For whom is it better? Surely no one who has to drive, or who has to eat. But then oil and food prices are not calculated into the cost of living, the indicators of our economy.
Lies,lies, and more lies.
When are we going to stand up for truth and democracy? Lying is NOT the American way.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Military Ethics?

Colin Powell has recently said that the President knew he was lying to the public about finding evidence of WMD and mobile labs...I heard another retired general this morning, one of the ever increasing number of retired generals who are currently critiquing the defense department and calling for Rumsfeld's resignation, say, when asked why he had not spoken out earlier, that in the military chain of command you either salute and carry out the orders or you get out (and he was not ready to retire). I thought we had learned something about practice of ethics and morality in the military after the My Lai massacre.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Truth: This Week

This week:
* In court documents, Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified that President Bush approved the leak of classified pre-war intelligence about Iraq, and had authorized him to reveal Valerie Plame Wilson's as covert CIA operative (in retaliation for her husband, the ambassador Joseph Wilson refuting the president's State of the Union claim that Iraq had purchased or tried to purchase yellowcake from Niger in the late 1990s). President Bush had previously made it clear that leaks would not be tolerated, and that they would be grounds for dismissal. Will Mr. Bush keep his word?
* Sec. of State Condi Rice admits that the US"made tactical errors, thousands of them I'm sure" in the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld knows nothing about these mistakes. Whose word is truth?
* An early Christian manuscript calls Judas Iscariot a good, willing and favored disciple of Jesus, not the treacherous betrayer. we now know him as. Is the Bible fiction?
* A fossil that is the missing link between sea creatures and land creatures helps to prove evolutionary theory. What will believers in Intelligent Design do? Evolve like the rest of us?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

my new shero!

Cecilia Fire Thunder is my newest shero: Not only is she the first woman president of the South Dakota Ogala Sioux, she is taking on South Dakota's abortion ban (the draconian law with no exceptions for rape and incest).
President Thunder says she will personally set up a clinic on her tribe's land in South Dakota to preserve a woman's right to choose, according to Rose Aguilar's interview with her at She articulates the rural women's plight when it comes to reproductive health (among other things).

When I am 96

When I am 96 I hope I can be as much of a spitfire as Granny D (Doris Haddock) is. Talking with a group of students and faculty last night, she inspired us with her passion, her voice growing stronger as she urged us all to make a difference. While she banged the gong loudly for Campaign Finance Reform, she was equally eloquent on the subject of citizen participation, and leaving both a democratic and environmental legacy in her wake, in our wake, for she was urging everyone to get involved to make this democracy a democracy.
She said it only takes 12 people to make change, to make a difference. But this one tiny woman walked across America alone when she was 90 to bring the media and our attention to the need for Campaign Finance Reform.
She is very techno savvy also...go visit her website at and read her speeches at

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